The Fall of Jerusalem (2 Kings 25; 2 Chronicles 36:15 – 23)

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2 Kings 25

2 Chronicles 36:15 – 23

The end has finally come. The fall of Jerusalem is recorded 4 times . . .

  • Sept 14: Jeremiah 39

  • Sept 16: Jeremiah 52

  • Today: 2 Kings 25 and 2 Chronicles 36:15 – 23

1. Do you know anyone who lives in a war zone? Occupied territory? The inner city? Why don’t they move?

2. This conflict story poses a dilemma: Is surrender ever noble? In what way do you need to surrender? To keep fighting? How do you know when to do what?

3. Is God still angry today? Over the same things? Does God judge nations and bring disaster on them? Why or why not?

4. Has God ever pulled everything out from under you? Without your last crutch or means of support, what happened when you fell? Do you dread falling again? Are you less afraid now?

5. Jehoiachin went into exile two years before the rest of Judah, but was given amnesty halfway through the 70-year period of exile? Why do you suppose that was?

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The Reign of Zedekiah King of Judah (2 Kings 24:15 – 20; 2 Chronicles 36:9 – 14)

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2 Kings 24:15 – 20

Nebuchadnezzar took Jehoiachin captive to Babylon. He also took from Jerusalem to Babylon the king’s mother, his wives, his officials and the prominent people of the land. 16 The king of Babylon also deported to Babylon the entire force of seven thousand fighting men, strong and fit for war, and a thousand skilled workers and artisans. 17 He made Mattaniah, Jehoiachin’s uncle, king in his place and changed his name to Zedekiah.

18 Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eleven years. His mother’s name was Hamutal daughter of Jeremiah; she was from Libnah. 19 He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, just as Jehoiakim had done. 20 It was because of the Lord’s anger that all this happened to Jerusalem and Judah, and in the end he thrust them from his presence.

Now Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.

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2 Chronicles 36:9 – 14

Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months and ten days. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord. 10 In the spring, King Nebuchadnezzar sent for him and brought him to Babylon, together with articles of value from the temple of the Lord, and he made Jehoiachin’s uncle, Zedekiah, king over Judah and Jerusalem.

11 Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eleven years. 12 He did evil in the eyes of the Lord his God and did not humble himself before Jeremiah the prophet, who spoke the word of the Lord. 13 He also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him take an oath in God’s name. He became stiff-necked and hardened his heart and would not turn to the Lord, the God of Israel. 14 Furthermore, all the leaders of the priests and the people became more and more unfaithful, following all the detestable practices of the nations and defiling the temple of the Lord, which he had consecrated in Jerusalem.

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The First Captives Taken and Egypt Cannot Help

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In one of the greatest battles of the ancient world, Nebuchadnezzar II (who has just succeeded his father) soundly defeats the Egyptians under Pharaoh Neco, just as Jeremiah prophesied. So, in 605 BC. Judah is left in its most vulnerable state ever. And Nebuchadnezzar seizes the opportunity . . .

During Jehoiakim’s reign, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon invaded the land, and Jehoiakim became his vassal for three years.

  • 2 Kings 24:1a

Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon attacked him and bound him with bronze shackles to take him to Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar also took to Babylon articles from the temple of the Lord and put them in his temple there.

  • 2 Chronicles 36:6, 7

The king of Egypt did not march out from his own country again, because the king of Babylon had taken all his territory, from the Wadi of Egypt to the Euphrates River.

  • 2 Kings 24:7